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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves." -- Lynn Hall

Hallapalooza participants enjoy beautiful weather

UWRF students Abdi Hassan, left, and Anwar Abda, right, race each other Tuesday on the UC mall during the 2Lane Bungee Race inflatable featured in Hallapalooza. The event was hosted by Johnson and May Halls. Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson.


Unity in the Community events moved inside
Due to weather projections (rain, cloud cover and temperature), Unity in the Community events are moved inside the UC today. Entertainment and activities are moved to the Falcon's Nest from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A full food buffet (transfer) is available in Riverside Commons from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and a to-go buffet (cash, credit, dining and Falcon Dollars) is available in the Falls Room from 11 a.m.-1 P.m. to allow people to get food to take to the Falcon's Nest to eat and enjoy the entertainment. The 2nd Hand Sale is cancelled. All other events and activities remain the same. Contact ashley.e.olson@uwrf.edu.

'Pathway to Distinction' celebration is tomorrow 
UWRF's next five-year strategic plan, “Pathway to Distinction,” will be celebrated Thursday, April 26, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom, UC. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event featuring displays, activities, and a film all highlighting UWRF’s strengths in areas related to the plan’s three goals:  Distinctive Academic Excellence, Global Education and Engagement, and Innovation and Partnerships. Authors of the plan’s first year initiatives will be available to discuss and answer questions related to their initiatives. For more information about the Strategic Plan, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/StrategicPlan/PathwayToDistinction/Index.cfm Contact blake.fry@uwrf.edu.

Unclassified leave training this week
Several half-hour training sessions are being offered this week to prepare unclassified employees for the move from paper leave reports to online leave reporting, beginning with the reporting of April absences. If you are a leave-eligible unclassified employee (faculty, academic staff, or limited appointment), and haven’t attended a session yet, please try to find one that will work with your schedule. The training schedule is available at http://www.uwrf.edu/HumanResources/HRSSelfService.cfm. No R.S.V.P. needed. Support staff are also welcome to attend. Unclassified employees will have system access to enter absences on Monday, April 30. Please enter by Saturday, May 5, and approve by Thursday, May 10.

Annual plant sale tomorrow, Friday

The PAX Annual Plant Sale is Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the north patio, UC. Hanging baskets, patio pots and flowering potted plants for Mother’s Day, wide selection of annuals, vegetables and perennials for the yard and garden. UWRF locally grown plants. Contact terry.l.ferriss@uwrf.edu.

Student billing statements now available

Student billing statements are now available in eSIS Student Center instead of QuikPAY. Authorized payers (parents) will temporarily lose direct access to billing statements.  They will retain access to account balances and electronic payments in QuikPAY during the transition to third party access within eSIS which is expected to be completed no later than November 2012. Contact brenda.rudberg@uwrf.edu.

Printer ink

If anyone can use a Cyan print cartridge (Q6001A) for HP LASERJET 1600, 2600, 2605, CM1015 mfp, CM1017 mfp, contact elizabeth.beckman@uwrf.edu. Although it is unopened, our office no longer has a use for this printer ink.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 26, 3:30 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar:  "The Eigenface Problem:  Using Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors for Facial Recognition" by Katelyn Monaghan. By treating the brightness levels of the pixels of a photograph as components of a vector,  eigenvalues and eigenvectors can be used to recognize the face of a person in a photograph. Open to everyone. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Thursday, April 26, 3:50 p.m., 15 North Hall, Mathematics Seminar:  "Counting and Claims About the GCD of the Fibonacci Numbers," by Jamie Hying. In this talk, the Fibonacci numbers are alternatively defined as counting numbers, which lends itself to combinatorial proofs. This idea will be used to explore properties of the Fibonacci numbers that include the greatest common divisors. Open to everyone. Contact the Mathematics Department at 3326.

Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m., softball vs. UW-La Crosse. DH. Hit for Lupus Day.

Sunday, April 29, noon, softball vs. UW-Platteville. DH. Senior/Parents Day.

Don't Forget

Wednesday, April 25

*  all day, WEB, College of Education and Professional Studies Diversity & Inclusivity Art Contest Display. Part of Unity in the Community events.

*  8 a.m.-2 p.m., third floor Ames Gallery, UC, HAPA Project Reception and Viewing. Part of Unity in the Community events.

*  11 a.m.-1 p.m., Falcon's Nest, Unity in the Community entertainment and activities. Find additional information on the Facebook event page at 

https://www.facebook.com/events/397052856974368/?ref=ts  Contact ashley.e.olson@uwrf.edu. Continue the celebration at Veteran's Park, downtown River Falls, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rain site is lower level, River Falls Public Library.

*  3:00  p.m., 114 North Hall, Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting. For an agenda, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/faculty_senate/committees_exec.html. Contact marshall.toman@uwrf.edu or call 3124.

Education News

"College giving rebounds as donor base shrinks," Washington Post, April 23.

"Celebration to mark launch of new strategic plan at UW-River Falls," River Falls Journal, April 24.

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